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Periscope Film LLC's archive is one of the largest military film collections in private hands. It includes rare training, combat, recruiting and history films made by the U.S. Government from 1914 through the mid-1980s. Subjects include the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, and civilian aviation, and conflicts from the Spanish-American War through WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.



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Made in 1947, "Human Growth" was the first film about human reproduction to be approved for screenings in American public schools. The film uses a film-within-a-film technique, showing a seventh-grade class as they view and discuss an animated movie which traces human growth from conception to adulthood. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized. A mixed group of seventh grade youngsters in a class situation view and discuss the cartoon. "Human...
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Created by famed cameraman Burton Holmes, this short newsreel shows the "Streets of Paris" exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair "A Century of Progress" in 1933.  The risque nature of the exhibit is a bit dumbfounding to a modern audience, as it features a "nudist colony" and "live model" art class. However most of these appear to be sight gags of one kind or another. One sight that is something to behold is Sally Rand, who performs her famous fan dance...
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Made during the Soviet era, this propaganda / news film starts with the high treason criminal case against Oleg Penkovski, looks into the ravages of alcoholism, the penal system and the rehabilitation and isolation of criminals. It also examines the inevitable question--   why some USSR salaries are higher than others? It does this by discussing the difficulty of various jobs and the living environment of the workers. The next section explains the importance of electricity in production and...
Topics: 1963, Soviet Propaganda, Oleg, Penkovsky, Greville, Wynne, Stock Footage
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This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35 , the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40 , telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00 , an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in...
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This WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
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This short, silent film from the 1940s features "Glamorous, Exciting Stars" -- pin-ups, dancers and burlesque acts. It was one of many films made during this era which were called "smokers", and ranged from harmless films like this one filled with posing, to more raunchy XXX movies. At  1:22  the film includes a segment featuring Josette, the "darling of the American Army in Africa and Italy" who was "photographed in Oran, North Africa in 1943". Josette...
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The Secret Land is a 1948 American documentary film about an American expedition code-named "Operation High Jump" to explore Antarctica. It won the Academy Award for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a large...
Topics: Antarctica, U.S. Navy, Admiral Richard Byrd, 1946
Fortuna Films Corp. Productions presents a 1950’s era, black and white movie called, Pin-Up Girl, by Russell Patterson. Va-va-voom!  Pin-up girls in the movie are Leona Fredericks, Ruth Sitarr, Dorothy Partington (who was featured in Life Magazine during the war posing with clothes made out of stamps) and Hollywood actress Carol Ohmart, 00:46. Directed by Hudson Faussett, photographed by Charles Beeland and narrated by Alan Prescott. The movie was produced by J. Caswell Martin. The movie...
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Produced in 1965 as part of the "Twentieth Century" TV series with Walter Cronkite, THE PRIDE AND THE SHAME tells the story of the Japanese internment, and the brave actions of patriotic Japanese-Americans such as Daniel Inouye who bravely served in the U.S. Army as part of the 442nd during WWII. Also contains footage of the aftermath of a Japanese submarine shelling the United States -- at about the 4:09 mark you'll see footage of the Santa Barbara refinery hit by the Japanese. The...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Internment Of The Japanese, Nisei, Japanese,...
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Made in 1968 as American servicemen fought in Vietnam, LSD: TRIP TO WHERE? highlights the dangers of the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Widely shown to U.S. military personnel (including those stationed in Vietnam), the film was supplemented with a brochure for "Operation Janus", a brigade-level amnesty and treatment program aimed at helping soldiers, airmen and sailors with marijuana, heroin and other substance abuse problems. In this film Bill, a sailor on leave, takes acid and is so...
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Shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey who was tasked with making a documentary about the field treatment of wounded, this silent footage was taken during the Battle of Saipan in 1944. Unlike most of the censored footage you will see from WWII, this material from the combat zone is quite raw. It is hard to watch without becoming emotional, seeing so many brave, young men who have been subjected to the horrors of battle. At :28 a Marine examines a Japanese emplacement or hole and...
Topics: Raw Combat Footage, Saipan, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the German Army’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. Historians mark the invasion as the start of World War II. “Poland’s 34 million inhabitants, crushed, scattered and enslaved,” the narrator grimly states at mark  00:35 . The attack was characterized by extensive bombing to destroy Poland’s air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps. As the narrator...
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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.  This film contains images of war atrocities and may not be suitable for viewers of all ages. This 1944 film, RETURN TO GUAM,  was produced by the U.S. Navy about the taking and recapture of the island of Guam.  The film also shows the history of U.S. involvement in Guam, including the participation of native Chamorros in the Navy and in defense of the island.  Aside from showing the invasion and recapture of Guam, the film shows the horrific massacre of the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Guam, Japanese War Crimes, United States Navy, World War II, Guam,...
This short 1958 educational film from the American Cancer Society shows how to perform a routine pelvic examination and cytologic test for the detection of cancer of the uterus. The film opens with a woman sitting in an office of a physician. A nurse retrieves the patient from the office and takes her to an exam room. An illustration of the pelvis and cervix is used to show the development of uterine cancer. A chart shows the cure rates for the different stages of the cancer (03:30). A slide is...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
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This black & white educational/promotional film is a look at the gangster films of the 1930s. From Cagney to Robinson, a montage of clips along with newsreel footage of real life criminals Al Capone and John Dillinger. This is from 1961 or 1963, research shows both dates.  Opening titles: "How To Succeed As A Gangster"  (:07-:12). Barrels of liquor and beer are smashed and opened, it is Prohibition. Liquor goes down the sewer. Couples dance. People drink alcohol. Policemen...
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This black and white travelogue, This World of Ours London, was produced by Carl Dudley, an American film director and producer, for the Dudley Pictures Corporation that he founded in 1944. This travelogue is one of a series of thirty This World of Ours videos he produced in the 1950’s. This one was produced in 1951. Intro with music ( 0:08 - 0:26 ). The first thing you see is a shot of Big Ben, or the Great Bell of the clock, completed in 1859 ( 0:27 - 0:44 ). Scenes of double decker buses...
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Psychedelic montage from the Summer of Love includes a brief bit of the San Francisco Be In (:24) and a rock concert with lots of wild dancing (1:24) and strobe lights. Check out the Earth ball at 1:10.   We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting...
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Made just after the Korean War and directed by Robert Cashy, this rarely seen film entitled THE ULTIMATE WEAPON presents Ronald Reagan as narrator and host, speaking about the alleged brainwashing of American prisoners of war. Similar in some ways to the plot of "The Manchurian Candidate", the film posits the question, "What can be done in my community to stop the growth of socialism and communism?" The film illustrates how a lack of moral fiber can lead average American...
Topics: North Korea, Brainwashing, Korean War, Ronald Reagan, Stock Footage
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Made in 1945, this morale boosting Soviet documentary/propaganda movie is about the Battle of Kursk during WWII. It was produced by Eduard Bushkin, written by Moisei Belenki, and edited by F. Chicago with the help of consultants Lt. Cols. Verzhbitski and Popov. It shows the course of the battle which was one of the largest tank engagements of WWII, and a major defeat for the Wehrmacht.     00:17 Map, showing the front line, with major Soviet-and German-held cities pointed out – Bryansk,...
Topics: 1943, Battle Of Kursk, Eastern Front, Red Army, Tank Battle, Stock Footage
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Dating to the late 1960s or early 1970s, this cringeworthy, vintage film for elementary school teachers "Sex Education in the school: Philosophy and Implementation" features a roundtable discussion between educational consultants, a pediatrician, and teacher.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for...
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Made in 1988 as the Soviet Union ended its long struggle in Afghanistan, this odd and haunting (and really -- experimental) Soviet era propaganda film "Afghanistan Dreams" traces some of the history of the Soviet invasion and looks at its aftermath. The film seems to be told from the perspective of a Russian soldier who survived the war but is haunted by some of what he saw in country.  The film begins with images of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, which were boycotted by the United...
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This episode of Air Force Now begins with a transport flight crew flying over South Korea, explaining their mission as part of Military Airlift Command. The rest of the film shows these valiant pilots working in all sorts of weather and tactical conditions to deliver supplies and troops in the Asian theater.  The 834th Airlift Command is shown in Saigon, Vietnam with its C-130 aircraft.   Beginning at about the 12 minute mark, combat use of the C-130 is shown in Vietnam with aircraft landing...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Air Force, Air Force Now, Lockheed C-130 Hercules,...
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This color propaganda film made National Education Program (NEP) as a warning to citizens of the USA about the subversive groups within the country looking to destroy the American system and its people. It dates to 1968, one of the most chaotic years in 20th Century American history.   Opening credits: a disclaimer, REVOLUTION UNDERWAY (:01-:46). July 1967, Newark, NJ riots. National Guardsmen and police battle snipers.   A wounded man is placed on a gurney. A displaced shop owner is...
Topics: Revolution, Revolutionary, Underwaty, 1960, Anti Communist, Stock Footage
Created by the National Restaurant Association AMERICA'S HERITAGE OF HOSPITALITY was released in October, 1949 to advance the restaurant industry and recruit new employees to work within it. The theme of the film is that the American way of life is exemplified by its restaurant industry and the bountiful blessings that the nation enjoys on its tables from "sea to shining sea". The film begins with re-creations of historic moments in America's restaurant industry dating back as far as...
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Made in the 1950s (or possibly the late 1940s) by Ciba Pharmaceutical Products with the co-operation of the U.S. Air Force and the University of Chicago Medical Center, this film shows the use of Nupercaine (a form of dibucaine) spinal anesthetic in the vaginal delivery of triplets. At the time this type of spinal anesthesia (now commonplace) was fairly new. The first use of similar continuous caudal anesthesia in a laboring woman was on January 6, 1942, when the wife of a United States Coast...
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Filmed in Dresden, Germany in the 1930s, this educational film was intended to show children the importance of saving money -- in this case to buy a bicycle.  The film has some interesting images of Dresden prior to WWII, and has images of children in the uniforms of the Hitler Youth. The Hitler Youth was the youth organization of the Nazi Party in Germany. Its origins dated back to 1922. From 1933 until 1945, it was the sole official youth organization in Germany and was partially a...
Topics: German, Educational Film, Bike, 1945, Germany, Nazi Germany, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about the Ku Klux Klan an American white supremacist hate group, its main targets are minority groups. It dates to 1965.  Carousel Films presents Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire (:07-:21). Narrator: Lowndes County, Alabama, March 1965, a car is off the road, it's black driver is dead. Arrested were three members of the Klan. One was tried, the jury didn't reach a verdict. Neshoba Co., MS, August 1964, three civil rights workers found dead. Six...
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This 1939 sound newsreel vividly shows the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee. Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (originally termed Panzerschiff or armoured ship, sometimes referred to as "pocket battleship") which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. The vessel was named after Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron that fought the battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands in World War I. She...
Topics: Kriegsmarine, Graf Spee, River Plate, Uruguay, Montevideo, Royal Navy, Nazi Germany, cruiser,...
Narrated by Richard Baseheart and produced by David L. Wolper, TEN SECONDS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD is a factual and chronological account of the events preceding the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II and the significant effect of the atomic bomb on peacetime projects and events of the atomic age. It features all the major players in the birth of the atomic age from Marie Curie to Albert Einstein to Enrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer,  Edward Teller, Leo Szilard, President Truman, and...
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The Golden Twenties is a 1950 American documentary film produced by Richard de Rochemont. The film is narrated by Frederick Lewis Allen, Robert Q. Lewis, Allen Prescott, Red Barber, and Elmer Davis. The second reel of the film begins by covering the trial of educator John Scopes (00:16), prosecuted by William Jennings Bryant (00:36) for teaching evolution. Scopes and the principle of freedom of thought are defended by Dudley Field Malone (01:06) and Clarence Darrow (01:18), but the court...
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One the "Forum Edition" films created by the March of Time for classroom use, "The New South" is a black & white educational film about the Southern USA. Made in the era of segregation, the film attempts to chronicle how the South has changed since the Civil War, and how economic and other conditions are improving for African Americans. This is circa the 1940s. Opening titles: (:08). Title card: The New South (:29). African Americans work in the fields of the American...
Topics: The New South, 1940s, Segregation, School. African Americans, Cotton Industry, stock Footage
Dating from 1957, "Behind the Ticker Tape" tells the story of the American Stock Exchange (now NYSE), showing how securities sales have evolved over the years, and giving a profile of the ASE at the height of its activity.  NYSE MKT LLC, formerly known as the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), is an American stock exchange situated in New York City, New York. AMEX was previously a mutual organization, owned by its members. Until 1953, it was known as the New York Curb Exchange. On...
Topics: Wall Street Crash Of 1929, Stock Exchange, Ticker tape, American Stock Exchange, Stock, NYSE, Wall...
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This 1956 film about World War I was produced by NBC as part of the "Project Twenty" series. The music was written by Robert Russell Bennett and narrated by Alexander Scourby.   German soldiers parade prior to WWI. Kaiser Wilhelm II is greeted by England’s King George and Queen Mary (1:35-3:22). Russian Czar Nicolas II views his troops. Austria-Hungary Emperor Joseph. Belgium King Albert rides with the Kaiser (3:23-4:45). 1914 newspapers declare the assassination of Archduke...
Topics: The Great War, WWI, 1914, World War I, German Soldiers, Stock Footage
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Produced by North American Aviation, this 1960s film FIREPOWER shows the annual Eglin Air Force Base air show, featuring WWI, WWII era and post-Korean War jet aircraft. These include the supersonic North American F-100 Super Sabre, which is featured. Mock air strikes are shown on various ranges to simulate railroad yards, depots, and military installations of varying types.   B-52 bombers are seen at the 6:00 mark, and B-47s make a massed flyby at the 7:15 mark. Rockets are fired and bombs...
Topics: Air Force, Air Force Base, Super Sabre, Aircraft, 1960s, Air Show, Stock Footage
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This portion is Reel 1. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs...
Topics: Nazi Germany, Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Brandenburg Gate, Documentary
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Narrated by Ronald Reagan, "Air Siege" shows some of the exploits of the Fifteen Air Force in Italy.  The film begins with images of American fliers who were shot down over Europe, returning to the American air base at Bari.  The film then shifts it focus to Operation Tidal Wave, an air attack by bombers of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) based in Libya and Southern Italy on nine oil refineries around Ploiești, Romania on 1 August 1943, during World War II. It was a...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Bari, Fifteen Air Force, Operation Tidal Wave
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Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters.  It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur.  A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier.  Many crashes in this film were...
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
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In 1938 Theodore Andrica, the Nationalities Editor of the Cleveland Press and author of the "Around the World in Cleveland" column, paid a visit to Nazi Germany. As part of his journey he shot this astonishing film which shows what appears to be the pastoral German state, but was actually a nation on the brink of war. Unlike many of the films from this era which have been colorized, Andrica actually shot this motion picture on Kodachrome stock.   Although the material is silent the...
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One of a series of short subjects made in 1949 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "Let's Go to the Movies" provides a brisk, Hollywood-centric gloss of early narrative film history, coupled with brief glimpses “behind the scenes” of major studio productions. A curtain opens on an Academy Awards Ceremony with an “ Oscar ” statuette on the stage (0:10). Title: “Members of the Motion Picture Industry present Let’s Go to the Movies” (0:13). A movie studio...
Topics: 1949, Hollywood, Feature Film, Movies, Ampas, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This compilation reel of color home movies from the 1940s includes many novel images -- people enjoying themselves, dancing, playing instruments, socializing and kids playing some football in the front yard. This footage is circa the 1930s-40s and looks like it takes place in middle America. Opening: boy plays with a dog and a puppy. A woman holds flowers. A man plays a cello. A reel to reel tape recorder. Presents are stacked. A man plays the cello as a family gathers for Christmas. Older...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created by Calvin Productions in 1956 and directed by Robert Altman, "The Magic Bond" was commissioned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a promotional movie. Made at a time when generational shifts were beginning to threaten "traditional values", the film challenges apathy and neglect. "Magic Bond" features actors Joe Adelman, Owen Bush, Kermit Echols, James Lantz and Keith Painton as soldiers in WWII.  The film presents the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a...
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One of the all time most infamous of the highway safety scare film genre, HIGHWAY OF AGONY was made by Highway Safety Films of Mansfield, Ohio. This was the filmmaking arm of the Highway Safety Commission, an organization responsible for haunting the dreams of an entire generation of young drivers. In this era, when safety belts were not mandatory and air bags were yet a distant dream, and things like disc brakes and powered steering had yet to be widely adopted, America's highways were the...
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This post-war German documentary film, entitled "The Fuhrer Gives the Jews a City", presents fragments of what was intended to be a much longer film made during WWII entitled "The Jewish Self-Government in Theresienstadt."  "The Jewish Self-Government in Theresienstadt" was without a doubt one of the most cynical, deceptive and horrendously despicable Nazi propaganda films ever planned. It was created to present a completely false narrative related to the Jews and...
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In 1923 the Yale University Press commissioned films based on the fifty volumes in their "Chronicles of America" book series. Ultimately, only fifteen episodes were produced. This film from 1924 entitled "The Pilgrims", traces the history of the Separatists of Scrooby, England, their escape to Amsterdam, and their eventual voyage on the Mayflower to the New World including the landing at Plymouth Rock (21:00). The film spans the years from 1608 to 1620 and tells some of the...
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Dating to 1965, this documentary film "The Decision to Drop the Bomb" takes a look at the most difficult decision in President Harry Truman's term in office: the decision as to whether or not to use the newly-developed atomic bomb against Japan. The film was produced by Fred Freed for NBC-TV  and narrated by Chet Huntley. The film begins the moment that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies in office. The new president, Harry S. Truman, has only served in office for a brief time....
Topics: Bomb, 1965, Chet Huntley, Hiroshima, Atomic Bomb, Stock Footage
William L. Shirer narrates this documentary produced by the US Navy industrial-incentive division, which was made to show American war workers a behind-the-scenes report on their special enemy: the German war worker. Excellent captured German home-front footage is featured. While World War II raged across the globe, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Office Of War Information, Bureau Of Motion Pictures, produced numerous short subjects such as these to patriotically inspire and motivate...
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WARNING: this film contains disturbing imagery of animal testing. Discretion is advised. This film is not intended to be shown to minors. Made in 1962, this U.S. Air Force film shows experimental activities at the Hospital Lackland AFSC, part of the Aerospace Medical Division. At the time, a series of pioneering research activities were being conducted in the surgical-anethesiological laboratory, to determine how organs and other body parts could be transplanted. The problem of course is that...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Medical Film, Dog, Transplant, USAF, Research, Testing
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Created in 1961 by the Highway Safety Foundation and Safety Enterprises, Inc., MECHANIZED DEATH is a legendary driver's education scare film that underscores the dangers of speeding and reckless driving. Made in an era when automobiles lacked the kind of modern safety features and crash-resistant designs that we take for granted today, and featuring bloody accident footage supplied by the Ohio Highway Patrol, "Mechanized Death" reveals the highways and byways as nightmarish avenues of...
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Funded by the Hammond Organ Co., Music to Live By is a short educational film from McGraw-Hill Films. Produced in the early 1970s and directed by Ed Schultz, the film gives viewers a look at—and listen to—music from a variety of cultures and from different time periods. The film opens with a man plugging in audio cables; he plays a synthesizer, making a variety of electronic sounds. The film discusses the history of music, discussing the early stages where a beat was used so people could...
Topic: Stock Footage
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‘Computers and Transportation’ is a future-looking, 1976 short educational film which  analyze the rapid technological advances in computer systems, and then examines the potential impact on transportation, animation and graphics as well as space travel and artificial intelligence. It begins with the look inside of a ‘modern’ electronic digital computer (:34). The guts are composed of 50,000 transistors, 125,000 resistors and 500,000 connectors which were all connected by 20 miles of...
Topics: 1976, Computers, TEchnology, Transportation, Stock Footage
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This portion, Reel 2, shows the burning of the Reichstag Building.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Nazism, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Reichstag, Adolf Hitler, Berlin Tempelholf Airport,...
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This 1960 color film on Japan is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:21). It opens with shots of the head of the Great Buddha statue in Kamakura (:22), Mount Fuji (:29), Himeji Castle (:34), and cherry trees in blossom (:38). A bird’s eye view of Tokyo is shown and the Pan American Jet Clipper taxis in ( 1:15 - 1:40 ). Western wear is the norm...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945. This silent version was one of two produced; the other sound version runs about 20 minutes.   Full of horrifying images that vividly show the baseless and vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein.   The idea that anyone would even consider denying the...
Topics: Nazi Holocaust, Concentration Camps, Liberation, Footage, Stock Footage
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One of Southern California's first motorcycle clubs, The Psychos (also known as Los Psychos) formed in San Bernardino after WWII and quickly developed a reputation for toughness. While The Psychos became known for some of their community activities -- including supporting military veterans and participating in events to promote the preservation of Route 66 -- an offshoot of the club known as Vatos MC has a more notorious history. Shot in the 1970s by a proud member of the club, this silent home...
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WITH THE MARINES AT TARAWA is a 1944 short documentary film directed by Louis Hayward. It used authentic footage taken at the Battle of Tarawa to tell the story of the American servicemen from the time they get the news that they are to participate in the invasion to the final taking of the island and raising of the Stars and Stripes. The film is in full color and uses no actors, making it a valuable historical document. The documentary showed more gruesome scenes of battle than other war films...
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This 1969 color film "The Time of Man" from "The Natural History of Our World" series combines footage of animals, indigenous people, and anthropologists to present a brisk overview of human development, highlighting historic threats to survival (TRT 49:15). It was produced and directed by visionary filmmaker Marshall Flaum, edited by Nicholas Clapp, narrated by Richard Basehart, and has a score by Lyn Murray. It was produced by MPC in association with the Museum of Natural...
Topics: Natural, History, Man, Time. 1969, Anthropology, Documentary, Stock Footage
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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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This 1934 black and white film reenacts one of the legends of Pele, and was apparently shot in Hawaii. It was produced by Alfred Weller, Alfred Grasso, and Lawrence Barber, copyright Elmer Clifton of The Beverly Hills Exchanges, and narrated by actor Gayne Whitman. The sun rises through palm trees in the South Sea Islands ( 1:06 ). A Polynesian women hand-squeezes liquid into a coconut shell bowl ( 1:16 - 1:25 ). Polynesian men carry bundles of bananas on poles between them ( 1:26 - 1:37 ). A...
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FINLAND FIGHTS! was released theatrically as a sound film in 1940 by Emerson Yorke, an independent producer in New York, in cooperation with Castle Films. The footage shown was originally material assembled for an humanitarian reel, made on behalf of the Finnish Relief Fund, so that American audiences could see how Finland was withstanding Russian invasion. The original theatrical release was only five minutes long, but Eugene Castle brought it up to standard one reel length and released it as...
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Note: This footage is copyright registered and solely owned by the Periscope Film LLC Archive. Rare footage from the archives that dates to November 2, 1947. Shot by amateur cameraman Leo Caloia, it shows the Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the "Spruce Goose"; registration NX37602) prototype heavy transport aircraft during taxi tests in Long Beach harbor. The aircraft, which was piloted by none other than Howard Hughes himself, may or may not have intentionally left the water....
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Made for the U.S. Treasury Department in 1955 to promote their bond program, MEDAL OF HONOR features both Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy and material shot for the biographical film "To Hell and Back". Also appearing in the film are Barbara Rush and John McIntire. Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and...
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This Soviet produced, English language film from 1982 presents the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine with its many factories, industry, and thriving transportation networks. The film starts with images of the bridge over the Dneiper River and the Moskovskyi Bridge. The film shows Karkov, Donetz, Odessa, Kiev and other Ukrainian cities. At  2:40 , the country's supreme Soviet is seen. 1982 represented the 1500th anniversary of the founding of Kiev, and that city is shown at  4:50  and...
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Romantic Travel films Presents: in association with Franklin Sahu Film Productions, “This is India Series”. “The Taj Mahal”. No. 2 “Around the World in Color Series”. Produced and directed by Peter Franklin. Associate producer, Gyan Chand Jain. Photography Franklin – Newland. Sound recording Arthur G. Taylor. Continuity J. M. E. Davey. Music composed by Shanker Dass Gupta. Narrated by: Ian Newland. This is a 1960s era, color movie that reviews the beautiful Taj Mahal and...
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this 1937 color and black and white home movie presents a silent European travelogue, showing major architectural and natural landmarks in pre-war Germany, Italy, Holland and France (TRT 9:16). Pan to a view of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany. The dome is present (0:08). The Berlin Victory Column (0:24). A famous Berlin street, Unter der Linden, lined with white columns and Nazi eagles. (Unter den Linden is a boulevard in the central Mitte district...
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In this short promotional film by Zenith, the consumer electronics company touts the many advantages of its new color television sets. The film opens with a father taking his daughter to a Chicago Cubs baseball game ( 00:30 ), who are hosting the San Francisco Giants. His daughter’s reaction to seeing her first live baseball game, “in color,” causes him to make the decision to buy a color television set. Interviews with people on the street ( 02:29 ), who own Zenith products—including a...
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This U.S. Marine Corps film from the Vietnam War in 1968 documents the Chi'u H i Program (loosely translated as "Open Arms"). Chieu-Hoi was a psychological operations initiative by the USMC and South Vietnamese to encourage defection by the Viet Cong and their supporters to the side of the Government during the Vietnam War. Defection was urged by means of a propaganda campaign, usually leaflets delivered by artillery shell or dropped over enemy-controlled areas by aircraft, or...
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Made in the 1950s by the March of Dimes, REMEMBER ME is a poignant reminder of the polio crisis that gripped the United States in the 20th Century. Made just after the Salk vaccine had been developed, the film attempts to remind the audience of the suffering of infantile paralysis victims, and continue to fund the fight against the disease. It also encourages the audience to respect the abilities of these children and adults and not their disabilities. At 1;44, a man is seen typing with his...
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This newsreel of the 1939 New York's World's Fair shows some of the highlights of the fair, including the pavilions of various states and nations, the General Electric Pavilion, the Amusement Area (the Life Saver Parachute Jump later relocated to Coney Island, is at the 5:15 mark), the Savoy stage show, and the automotive pavilions including those of Ford and General Motors -- known as the Futurama.  There are also displays of modern and historic railroad locomotives as part of the...
Topics: 1939 New York Worlds Fair, Newsreel, Savoy, Futurama, General Motors, New York City
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco.  The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America"...
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Narrated by Lowell Thomas, this WWII propaganda newsreel purports to show previously classified footage of the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, including shots of the crippled USS Arizona. It also shows the salvage of the battleship West Virginia in Pearl Harbor.  The battleship USS California, as well as USS Nevada, USS Maryland, USS Oklahoma and mine layer USS Oglala is also shown, as well as wreckage of sea planes and aircraft on Ford Island.  The film also features and celebrates Al...
Topics: Bombing Of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, USS West Virginia, USS Arizona, Attack On Pearl Harbor,...
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In this 1956 film by Coronet Instructional Films, INVENTIONS IN AMERICA'S GROWTH, the recollections of Scientific America editor Jonathan Sharpe tell about the Age of Miracles in America. From 1850-1910, innovation and invention shaped American life in dramatic ways. We can follow some of the advances in farming (horse drawn reaper 1:40), see Edison’s phonograph (:14), and the expansion of steel for daily life (street car rails at 2:54 and the high wheeled steel bicycle at 2:40). There are...
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THE MAN FROM LOX, a liquid oxygen safety training film, is one of the most infamous films ever produced by the U.S. Government. Created in the aftermath of a series of accidents involving liquid oxygen, the film uses ironic humor to disarm the skeptical viewer, all the while setting up a very real, deeply disturbing, and quite serious finale.   Liquid oxygen—abbreviated LOx, LOX or Lox in the aerospace, submarine and gas industries—is one of the physical forms of elemental oxygen. In...
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This WWII newsreel features several wonderful segments.  First, actress Veronica Lake is shown getting her famous hairstyle reconfigured in such a way that it would be safe, should she take on the kind of job that many "Rosie the Riveter" female workers took during the war.  Safety caps are seen used by women war workers at the 1:53 mark.  Industrial fashions are the "new" fashion.  At the 2:25 mark an animated sequence, clearly also aimed at war workers, shows how...
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Created in the 1950s, this animated film describes the Civil Defense Emergency Hospitals, later renamed Civil Defense Packaged Disaster Hospitals.  These were 200 bed mobile hospitals based on the military's Mobile Army Surgeons Hospitals or MASH units. The CD hospitals were equipped with supplies for 30 days of operations.  In June 1956, the Federal Civil Defense Authority announced a new program for distribution of civil defense emergency hospitals. The objective was to store these 200-bed...
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